National Alliance Party
Published 25th June, 2012
The National Alliance Party or NAP was founded in 1995 by a group of politicians who then invited Sir Michael Somare to become leader after he was sacked by the Pangu Party.
In the 1997 general election the party won six seats. This increased to 19 seats in 2002 and in 2007 they increased that to 27 of the 109 seats in the National Parliament.; that number subsequently grew to 30 seats with some party changes
In 2002 the party was invited to form a government and became the first government to survive a full five year term. In 2006 Prime Minister Somare faced an attempted challenge to his leadership but this was beaten back and the party went on to win the 2007 election and form another coalition government.
In August 2011, after being absent from parliament for some months due to illness the government was brought down in a motion of no confidence and Peter O’Neill of the People’s National Congress formed a new government. This led to a split in the party, many of whom voted for O’Neill, there was then a leadership challenge to Somare within the remaining party members. That led to others going off and forming the Triumph Heritage Empowerment Party.
The faction that remains recognizes Sir Michael Somare as its leader.